Stories of Change

Citizen monitoring triggers facility improvements in CDO School

 December 21, 2016    

A CheckMySchool (CMS) visit and data-updating activity has triggered improvements in the facilities of Sacred Heart Village Elementary School in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro.



Guided by the issues identified by CMS, school officials arranged for the following improvements in their facilities:

 The old library was converted to the Property Custodian Office

 The common restroom on the ground floor was converted to the new school clinic.

 The old clinic was converted to a new and bigger library.



Old Clinic converted into a new and bigger library


Funding for the facility improvements came from the school’s share of the canteen rental payments. Prior to the improvements, students especially the Grade 6 pupils complained about the dilapidated state of their old library and the lack of books and references they needed for their studies. The old school clinic had plywood walls and lacked space to accommodate a bed. Today, the students are very happy with their school’s new, bigger and better library. The teachers and students are also all praises for their new and hygienic school clinic.


The parents expressed their appreciation for the principal’s initiatives to improve the school facilities. The Philippine Island Kids Foundation, Inc. requested CMS to consider Sacred Heart Village Elementary School. The Foundation is member-partner of the Civil Society Organizations – Department of Social Welfare and Development (CSO–DSWD) Volunteers Group. “We are grateful to CMS for helping us identify areas for improvement in our school and encouraging us to implement the needed improvements,” said school principal Leonora S. Alinsub.

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